Kindness Counts donations sent to the Congo
Over the past few months, pupils at St George's Junior School, Weybridge have been collecting all their old sports kits and equipment as well as raising money for those children in Ilebo in the Democratic Republic of Congo so that they can enjoy a better quality of education and living.
At the end of last year, all of the boys and girls at the Junior School took part in the Kindness Counts Congo Challenge, with some taking part in a series of outdoor activities - such as carrying buckets of water long distances, completing an assault course and carrying books on their heads - whilst some of the older children learnt the names of African countries and were tested during Geography lessons. The girls and boys were asked to gather sponsors for these challenges from parents, friends and other family members.
Then this term, along with all the money raised, the girls and boys have been bringing in old sports t-shirts, tracksuits, shorts, rugby tops, tennis balls, footballs, books and notebooks and much more to give to those in need in the Congo. The children even took time out of their busy school days to help pack up the goods into large boxes ready to be shipped to the schools in Ilebo.
On Friday 3 March, Fr Robert Hamilton from our Josephite community visited the Junior School to talk to the pupils about the impact their items and money will have on the children in the schools in Ilebo. As well as this, after all the donations and sponsorship money had been added up, Fr Robert was presented with a big cheque by Headmaster Mr Hudson to the value of an amazing £5,033.14.
The children have really enjoyed working on this project and they can`t wait to see the impact that these items and donations will have on the lives of the children at the schools in The Congo. A great deal of the money will go towards building new desks and chairs in a school that is supported by the Josephite community in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this money has already made its way to the Congo and building on the new desks and chairs has already started. The rest of the money has been presented to the Headteachers at the schools and they will soon work out how best to spend it.
The boxes full of clothes, books and sports equipment was also packed up by Fr Robert on Friday and will now make its way to the Democratic Republic of Congo via Belgium.
Fr Robert has promised to show lots of pictures of the children in the Congo using these goods and learning on new desks and chairs just as soon as he receives them.......the pupils at the Junior School can't wait to see them.
8 March 2017